Brain iron content and cognitive development in childhood

Friday, Dec 07, 2018

Iron is a critical metabolic cofactor for many key processes of brain development like myelination and neurotransmitter synthesis. This study estimated brain iron content in children aged 7 to 16 years and examine the relationship to cognitive functions. Higher brain iron content was correlated with both faster processing speed and higher general intelligence.


Hect JL, et al. Developmental variation in regional brain iron and its relation to cognitive functions in childhood. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2018;34:18-26.

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